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Film / The Ice Harvest

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The Ice Harvest is a 2005 American film directed by Harold Ramis that has a lawyer (John Cusack) and his partner (Billy Bob Thornton) attempt to steal cash from a mobster (Randy Quaid) but things go awry when the lawyer's partner has his own ideas on what to do with the money. It is based on Scott Phillips' book The Ice Harvest.

The film also stars Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, Mike Starr, Ned Bellamy, TJ Jagodowski, and David Pasquesi.

The movie was released on November 25, 2005.


Tropes for the film:

  • Anyone Can Die: Charlie and Pete are the only characters to survive the movie.
  • Bathroom Stall Graffiti: The film shows Charlie reading such Graffiti at a urinal, saying aloud: "As Wichita falls, so falls Wichita Falls".
  • Died Standing Up: Vic shoots a thug and states "You're dead, don't just stand there pretending you're not!".
  • Downer Ending: The movie isn't so bad, but the alternate ending, including the canonical one from the books, pretty much defines downer. In the book, the main character kills his corrupt boss, kills the woman he's been fantasizing about because she has a razor to his throat, kills his partner who was going to kill him too, manages to get rid of the hitman, and survives the morning with the money and is in the middle of making his getaway, only to die via camper crushing his chest after stopping to help the owner because he was writing on the back of it with a marker.